Martin Walford, 62, bought the Lotus in 1997 and transformed it into a car that was legal to race in Europe. The 1100cc car has one of the first Cosworth engines, the Cosworth MAE, and a top speed of 140mph.
Martin has raced it and won all over Europe. His wins include the Rear Engine UK Championship in 1999, the Nurburgring in Germany, Pau in the South of France and closer to home at Donington.
The Lotus works team car was originally driven by Peter Arundell. Arundell won 18 of his 25 races, earning him the nickname King of Formula Junior. In 1964, Arundell went on to become a team mate of Jim Clark, who won the Formula One World Championships in both 1963 and 1965.
Colin Chapman, founder of Lotus cars, sold the car immediately after its 1962 win and it spent many years in the USA. It was tracked down in the early 1990s by Dean Butler, who lives close to Chateau Impney. Dean later sold the car to his driver, Martin, who started racing in 1983 and has raced in every season since.
While we’re looking forward to seeing all of the cars racing at Chateau Impney, there’s something special about a local car. We wish Martin the very best of luck and hope to see him do well at the Hill Climb.